Friday, October 30, 2009

News Flash: Let the Revolution Begin.

We know that packrafts are real boats. The main problem has been that we users have not been seen as
real boaters.

Packrafts have been perceived as boats for people who can’t roll.

Until now.

Tim Johnson, author of Alaska Whitewater, bought a used packraft last week and did what we all want to do: he rolled it for real!

An Eskimo roll, twice, in Bird Creek with ice in the water and icicles on the cliffs.

This changes everything.

Anyone up for pool practice?
NB naysayers and armchair designers: The key were the bomber thigh straps he put in the boat.


  1. Wow. And he made it look easy too!

  2. Some folks in the UK are starting to buy Packrafts and I am reading your book. Last time I rolled a canoe was at 14y old in the Army cadets. I don’t think I would like to practise on the ice covered water I see on the video! He did make it look easy.

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  4. Here's Tim's video showing where he put his straps:

  5. Yes, he made it look easy and actually said that it was easier than he'd thought it would be.

    Martin, I'm happy to you're reading my book. Thanks.


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